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Ofir Shavit

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  • Re: My first typeface: Darec

    Hi,

    I think it is a nice first font as an exercise, even though it might be too much of a challenge to achieve a good result in first attempt, since the simplest is often the hardest.

    Looking at a typeface we examine the appeal and harmony of the text (rather than focusing on the shapes of the letters). At the moment it feels to me that there are too many forces pulling the letters to different directions in a way that make it seems unstable and randomly disordered.

    The thing that disturbs my eyes most are the top flattened letters (e,g,p,q,P,R).
    Z's crossbar is not needed, S,s seems too wide.
    I love the G,X,U,V,@,&.
    The digits needs some more work.

    It is clear that you lack some fundamental type design knowledge.
    Besides overshooting you have to apply more optical corrections to your typeface such as thinning a bit the horizontal lines, easing the weight of joints and reducing the size of the top parts in some characters (most noticeable at the 8, but applies as well to the B,K,R,S,X,a,s,x,z,2,3,5,8) and some more.
    These are subtle corrections but it will improve your typeface significantly.

    I made 4 short videos about these issues with Fontark that might help.


  • Re: Graphology


     I could jot messily or I could slow down and write with care. When doing so I've noticed that there is something deeper going beyond...


    At the very core of it, what you describe here is a certain expansion of consciousness and it's impact.

    - In our "regular" active state (moving, thinking, talking, writing...) one's consciousness is like a focused beam, it enlights and includes a small part of ourselves/our being ,and we get aware of it while all the rest of our being (including it's activity) lay in the darkness of our subconscious and automatism.

    - Consciousness changes the nature of the activity of any of the human aspects, focus your attention on your body movement, ant it'll change, focus your attention on your feelings/thoughts/whatever and they'll change. If you'd like, a human is a hyper-super-duper quantum mechanics lab. And one that has been researched, investigated and explored since the dawn of mankind.

    - With this in mind, the human is like a flute, or a sax. be aware of the first hole in the flute and it'll open (all the rest are closed), blow and you'll get a certain tone of sound. Move your awareness to the third hole, it'll open and the first will shut. A different tone will be sound. 

    - Like that, our consciousness "jumps" deliberately and not deliberately from one subject of attention to another and the "music" of our life and everything we do and express is played.

    - What you described is a practice of expanding your attention to include more than one "hole" of your "flute". it demands a less "focused", wider and inclusive attention and the "tones" it produces are much different and humans are sensitive to it (who more who less).

    - consciousness is the essence that can unite the entire "flute".

    - The human attention and consciousness can expand beyond imagination. (and don't make me laugh with mentioning scientific brain researches, i'm in a serious mood lately)

    - Consciousness expansion practice is in the core of any spiritual practice and particularly in respect of creative arts you'll find it in Zen (Ensō) and Tibetan Buddhism (Tibetan mandalas).


  • Re: Graphology

    Obviously we owe a lot to science, but with all do respect, science has a lot of "bad sides" too, especially when it is in the service of political agendas, but not just, science is such a good political agent because it is very limited and very narrow by nature, (well it is getting of topic, but it is interesting :)) it is very good at pointing facts and pieces of reality, but understanding and interpreting these scientific facts (in case any really found) is far from science itself ,and paradoxically many times in many cases, I find it playing the role of ignorance and idiotism protector for the mass.

    Not that mysticism is such a treasure. As a much less "controlled" and restrictive field, obviously it is a very fertile ground for charlatanism, misbeliefs and pure creepy stuff.

    But does that means that all of it is craps? I don't think so. My personal research showed (me) that many holds great wisdom and are closer to reality and truth than many modern days practices and beliefs. But since reality is near infinitely complex, everything should be taken with limited liability. 

  • Re: Sozo - a boring Roman

    Few things I've noticed (UC only) ...

    A' leaning a bit to the right.
    C' bottom terminal too tight.
    J' hook to improve.
    N' might be too wide and stems not equal in thickness, diagonal maybe too thin.
    S' spine curves are too sharp, top part "shifts" right.
    U' improve bottom right cure.
    W' stems thickness.
    Y' left arm not parallel.
    Z' L' E' rounded serif tips not corresponding to C' G' and rectangular serif tips.
    Need to harmonise thin stems and diagonals thickness.
    No K' V' X'.
  • Re: Fun type draft